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HCCF awards $921,322 in spring grants program

The Harrison County Community Foundation has awarded $921,322 to various projects and agencies supporting Harrison County.
Major grants awarded this round include $281,250 to Boone Township Volunteer Fire Dept. in Laconia for construction of a new fire station and the Harrison County Fire Chiefs’ Association received $90,000 for equipment testing, training and insurance for the nine fire departments that serve Harrison County.
‘Boone Township Fire Dept. needed our help to improve their Insurance Service Organization rating which will lower home owner insurance rates,’ said Gary Geswein, chairman of the HCCF Grants Committee. ‘They attempted to obtain Community Focus Fund grants unsuccessfully, so we decided it was time for the Foundation to step in and help them out.’
The successful spring grant applicants are:
American Red Cross Buffalo Trace Service Center, $74,869 for training and equipment purchases;
Boone Township Volunteer Fire Dept., $281,250 to support the construction of a new fire station in Boone Township and $10,000 for equipment testing, training and insurance;
Comfort House, $33,000 to assist in the development of a second Child Advocacy Center;
Elizabeth Volunteer Fire Dept., $10,000 for equipment testing, training and insurance;
Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services, $5,000 to provide therapeutic massage to Harrison County patients;
Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Dept., $10,000 for equipment testing, training and insurance;
Habitat for Humanity of Harrison County, $15,000 to provide administrative support for the program;
Harrison County Alternative Education Center, $5,400 to provide transportation for community service projects;
Harrison County Community Services Inc., $4,065 to support healthy community activities and $70,000 for operating funds for the basic needs program;
Harrison County Economic Development Corp., $100,000 for the Harrison County Revolving Loan Fund;
Harrison County Exceptional Learners Cooperative, $15,695 to purchase special-needs playground equipment;
Harrison County Land Conservation Committee, $15,000 to support the Land Conservation Program;
Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept., $8,000 to purchase equipment;
Harrison Education and Literacy Program, $4,800 to provide computer classes at the Harrison County Justice Center;
Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Dept., $10,000 for equipment testing, training and insurance;
Heth Township Volunteer Fire Dept., $10,000 for equipment testing, training and insurance;
Hoosier Hills PACT, $5,000 to support services for victims of crime in Harrison County;
Indian Creek Trail Inc., $12,486 for construction of 505 feet of the Indian Creek Trail;
Lanesville Community School Corp., $16,400 for teacher and management stipends and education materials for the Advancement in Academic Excellence Program;
Leadership Harrison County, $5,500 for playground enhancements at the May & Joe Rhoads Memorial Pool;
LifeSpan Resources Inc., $20,000 to provide transportation to the elderly and disabled;
Lincoln Hills Development Corp., $22,250 to purchase a van for the Milltown Housing for the Elderly;
Main Street Corydon, $30,000 to purchase and install a Main Street events electronic sign;
Milltown Volunteer Fire Dept., $10,000 for equipment testing, training and insurance;
New Middletown Volunteer Fire Dept., $10,000 for equipment testing, training and insurance;
North Harrison Community School Corp., $25,000 to build a baseball/softball indoor storage and practice facility, $4,625 for Camp Kindergarten events at North Harrison Elementary and Morgan Elementary schools, and $12,400 to purchase school bus security cameras;
North Harrison Elementary School, $4,000 to cover expenses associated with the Mileage Club;
North Harrison Middle School, $7,920 to purchase Classroom Performance Systems for the sixth grade;
Our Place Inc., $5,000 to provide scholarships for the Journey Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program;
Palmyra Volunteer Fire Dept., $10,000 for equipment testing, training and insurance;
Ramsey Volunteer Fire Dept., $10,000 for equipment testing, training and insurance;
South Central Elementary School, $15,000 for study in Chicago for sixth-grade students;
South Central Junior-Senior High School, $8,875 to purchase books for the One Book, One School program; and
YMCA of Harrison County, $4,787 to purchase audio video equipment.
The Foundation has been providing funds to support not-for-profit projects and scholarships since October 1997. With contributions from Caesars Indiana and donations from the community, total assets of the Foundation have surpassed $90 million.
Future grant applications will be accepted after June 1 and must be hand delivered to the HCCF staff by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 15, or they may be postmarked by that date to be considered. The applications will be available after May 6 from the Web at www.hccfindiana.org or by contacting the Foundation staff for a printed copy. All not-for-profit agencies serving Harrison County are invited to apply.
Any agency representatives intending to apply in the next grant cycle are encouraged to attend a grant application workshop that will be held on Wednesday, May 7, at 7 p.m. in the HCCF Conference Room, 1523 Foundation Way in Corydon. Individuals planning to attend the workshop should RSVP by calling the Foundation office at 738-6668 or e-mail Leah Gutknecht at [email protected]

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